Can I receive Carer’s Allowance for caring for my brother?

My brother is going to get out of hospital this week after being in there for around 8 weeks with Tuberculosis Meningitis, he will need care as he isn’t very physically able after being ill. I am 18 and I was just wondering if I could care for him instead of hiring someone to and if so would I be able to receive Carer’s Allowance? This would only be a temporary situation as he is due to make a full recovery. All help is welcome. Thank you:)

Hi Phia.

In theory , yes … providing the following criteria can be met :


> Eligibility

The person you care for

The person you care for must already get one of these benefits:

Personal Independence Payment - daily living component.

Disability Living Allowance - the middle or highest care rate.

Attendance Allowance.

Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension.

Armed Forces Independence Payment.

Your eligibility

All of the following must apply:

you’re 16 or over.

you spend at least 35 hours a week caring for someone.

you’ve been in England, Scotland or Wales for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this does not apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status).

you normally live in England, Scotland or Wales, or you live abroad as a member of the armed forces (you might still be eligible if you’re moving to or already living in another EEA country or Switzerland).

you’re not in full-time education.

you’re not studying for 21 hours a week or more.

you’re not subject to immigration control.

your income is less than £123 a week after tax, national insurance and expenses.


Forthcoming hospital discharge … EVEYTHING done by the book ???

Being discharged from hospital - NHS

Your brother should receive free reablement care for up to six weeks after hospital discharge. This will usually consist of a maximum four visits per day, morning, lunchtime, teatime and evening. They won’t quote an arrival time for any of those visits, the morning visit for example, can be anywhere between 7:30 and 11:30.